By Linda Vaprezsan, Pastor’s Wife
Metro Baptist Church
Belleville, MI

Have you ever thought, “Wow, how blessed I am! I am living my dreamNothing could be better.” Well, if you have, be prepared that there just may be a wrench somewhere with your name on it.

Little did I realize the hard times that were to come my wayThe wrenches started dropping into my life, and it seemed they were causing my life to come to a screeching haltMy life’s verse has always been Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Whom do you blame when that wrench gets thrown into your life? Do you blame Satan? He would love to see any ministry hinderedIn reality, though, it is God Who planned that you and I would have adversity. Every adversity that comes into your life has a redemption plan behind it. If you are a human being, you cannot possibly live without adversityWe are all dealing with trouble—either headed into it, in the middle of it, or coming out of itYour adversity has been delivered to you by GodGod designed it to bring Himself glory. Don’t forget that God has limited your enemy, Satan.

I have heard of many churches going through tough times during these economic daysOur church, like many others, has seen people leave who did not want to go through the tough timesThey move to another state or change churches because that church doesn’t appear to be suffering as much as yoursOr they want to go someplace where the preacher doesn’t preach living a true and holy life. Proverbs 24:10, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”

I take each day as a new beginningToday is going to be better than yesterdayOf course, sometimes it is worse, but God gives us each day what He knows we can handleI told a friend of mine that I know God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but my head was pushing on that handle.

I developed an acrostic for the word WRENCH.


Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” If you do not wait on God, then you will not make it through the hard times.Waiting on the Lord is the tough part when a tragedy happens in your lifeBut you need to make the most of that tragedy and turn it around for good.


Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” It is hard to have the right spirit when things are not going the way you want themWork daily on renewing that right spirit within youIs it really that hard to serve God? To me, it all comes down to our own selfish desiresPsalm 100:2, “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Are you serving the Lord in your church? Renew that spirit in you to serve the Lord with gladness.


I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Do you understand everything that God has allowed to come into your life? No, and neither do I! God has allowed it, and I am to try to understand and learn from it.God has blessed us all with so much to be thankful for that sometimes we overlook that and dwell on the negatives.


The chorus says, “Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.” Matthew 19:26 says, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Don’t ever give up hopeGod wants to do the impossible for you if you would just trust Him.


Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve….” We make choices every day.Have you chosen to serve the Lord? We can make excuses, but the ultimate choice is oursWhat is your life teaching by the choices you have made? Happiness and joy come from making right choices.Let us choose wisely and teach those around us to choose wisely also.


Proverbs 3:1, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.” Your heart is the real youIf someone could look inside you and see the real you, would they see “heart.” Serving the Lord is not possible without heartDoes your family have your heart?

Proverbs talks much about the heartGive your heart to the man of God so he can guide youJust like you want to have your child’s heart, so does your pastor want to have your heart.

Wrenches will come into every Christian’s lifeIf we let the wrench lodge and stop our life completely, we are no longer usefulSometimes the wrench just gets in the way of the machine’s running smoothly, but it will still run until the wrench is removed. Our attitude should be, “I may not be as useful as I was or as useful as I want to be, but I will continue to run until God removes the wrench or I grind it down until it can no longer be a hindrance to my usefulness.”